Leading Cities: Leadership and Urban Governance in Denmark

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Leading Cities and City Leaders [http://www.c40.org/, http://www.uclg.org/, http://www.iclei.org/, http://www.worldmayorscouncil.org/] have taken up the challenge formulated by the World conomic Forum: “what if cities would rule the world?” (https://agenda.weforum.org/2014/01/cities-ruled-world/), when it comes to governing and managing their cities and when it comes to contribute with solutions for global challenges. Two competing streams seem to struggle for the dominance in the public discourse about how to rule, manage and lead a city – and in what direction. The first stream (social and technical engineering; Smart Cities) is very prominent in the traditional mass media discourse, in PR / PA of tech companies and traditional municipal administrations; whereas the second one (participation; Livable Cities) is mostly enacted in social media, (local) initiatives, movements, (virtual) communities, new forms of urban governance in municipal administration and co-competitive city networks. Both forms seem to struggle for getting voice and power in the discourses, negotiations, struggles, and conflicts in Urban Governance about the question how to manage or lead (in) a city. Talking about “Leading cities” also means to find a way how to become a leading city, i.e. to take the lead, when it comes to solving some of the challenges named in the UN Sustainable Development Goals [http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/]; especially when it comes to “Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference Proceedings : The 4th International Conference on Responsible Leadership Leadership Challenges that Matter 15 & 16 March 2017
Number of pages2
Place of PublicationPretoria
PublisherGordon Institute of Business Science
Publication date2017
ISBN (Print)9781775921394
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventThe 4th International Conference on Responsible Leadership 2017: Leadership Challenges that Matter - University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Duration: 15 Mar 201716 Mar 2017
Conference number: 4


ConferenceThe 4th International Conference on Responsible Leadership 2017
LocationUniversity of Pretoria
Country/TerritorySouth Africa
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